Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba

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Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba
WebsiteCourt of Queen's Bench
Chief Justice
CurrentlyGlenn Joyal[1]
Associate Chief Justice
CurrentlyShane I. Perlmutter[2]

The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (French: Cour du Banc de la Reine du Manitoba) is the superior court of the Canadian province of Manitoba. The court is divided into the Family Division and the General Division.

The Family Division deals with family law cases including divorces, guardianships, adoptions and child welfare.

The General Division deals with all other matters, including civil trials, probate law, indictable offences and applications for the review of decisions from certain administrative tribunals.

History of the Court[edit]

In May 1871 the legislature of Manitoba enacted The Supreme Court Act to establish a superior court with original and appellate jurisdiction in the province. The law provided:

There shall be constituted a Court of Justice for the Province of Manitoba, to be styled "The Supreme Court," which shall have jurisdiction over ail matters of Law and Equity, ail matters of wills and intestacy, and shall possess such powers and authorities in relation to matters of Local or Provincial jurisdiction, as in England are distributed among the Superior Courts of Law and Equity, and of Probate.

The Act also established inferior courts known as Petty Sessions.

In 1872, The Supreme Court Act was amended by the Manitoba legislature to change the name of the court to "The Court of Queen's Bench". The first Chief Justice was appointed in July 1872. In the same year, the Petty Sessions were abolished and County Courts were established.

The appellate jurisdiction of the Court of Queen's Bench was transferred to the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which was established in 1906. In 1984, the County Courts were merged with the Court of Queen's Bench, and the judges of the County Courts became Court of Queen's Bench judges. Further, in 1984 the Family Division of the Court of Queen's Bench was established.

Past Justices[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dale Brawn, "The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba 1870–1950: A Biographical History" (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2006)
  • Sharon Gail McCullough, "Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench in Equity, 1872–1895: A Study in Legal Administration and Records" (Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, 2000)
  • Russell Smandych and Karina Sacca, "The Development of Criminal Law Courts in Pre-1870 Manitoba" (1996) 24 Man. L. J. 201

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "PM announces Manitoba judicial appointments". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Judges - Manitoba Courts". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hansard – Members' Statements". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. May 22, 2001. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 14 Dec 2010.